GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (12A)

WHO’S IN IT?

Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie), Zoe Saldana (Avatar), Dave Bautista (Riddick), Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Lee Pace (The Hobbit), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), John C. Reilly (Boogie Nights), Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Benicio del Toro (Traffic), Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men), Ophelia Lovibond (4321), Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead), Gregg Henry (United 93), Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

James Gunn (Slither), director, writer; Nicole Perlman (film debut), writer; Kevin Feige (The Avengers), producer; Tyler Bates (300), composer; Ben Davis (Kick-Ass), cinematographer; Fred Raskin (Django Unchained), Hughes Winborne (Crash) and Craig Wood (Pirates of the Caribbean), editors

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

In the far reaches of space, Peter Quill (Pratt), a human who was taken from Earth as a child, attempts to steal a mysterious orb and ends up becoming the target of a manhunt, as led by Ronan The Accuser (Pace). To evade Ronan and his team, and to stop him from using the orb’s full dangerous potential, Quill forms an uneasy alliance with a group of unlawful misfits – the vengeful Drax The Destroyer (Bautista), ex-assassin Gamora (Saldana), simpleton tree-creature Groot (Diesel) and genetically-engineered Rocket Racoon (Cooper) –  and sets out to save the galaxy with them as its protectors…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

Guardians of the Galaxy may not be your conventional Marvel comic-book movie – it has a talking raccoon in it, for goodness sake – but it just may be the most exciting and entertaining missing piece to the puzzle of Marvel’s ever-expanding cinematic universe.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

THURSDAY 31ST JULY 2014

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